Born January 22, 1984 (age 28) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Left winger for the Edmonton Oilers
Today’s MotD is dedicated to our friend Nicole, who is a diehard fan of the Oilers and this guy in particular. Ben was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2002 while playing with the Oshawa Generals in the OHL, but he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. After bouncing between the Philly Phantoms and the Flyers (the 2006-07 season saw him with the most penalty minutes in the league), he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in December 2007 for Jim Vandemeer. Oh, did I mention that he scored TWO goals in the 2010 playoffs? He did, and one was a game winner in the Finals against Philly. Oh yeah.
After that championship season, he was traded to Atlanta with Dustin Byfuglien; his biggest moment with the Thrashers was the punch he gave Colby Armstrong in their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not only did he get a five minute major and a match penalty and was ejected from the game, but he got a four-game suspension as well. At the midseason point, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks for a fifth round pick in the 2011 draft. After his time with the Sharks, he signed a three-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers and has been quite the force to be reckoned with (92 penalty minutes so far this season). So here’s to Ben: may he help the Oilers to another Cup and make Nicole cry tears of joy.